The National Security Agency (NSA) is the main US agency for global monitoring, collection, decoding, translation and analysis of foreign intelligence data.
The NSA's parent organization is the US Department of Defense. Allegedly, based on the information released by former contractor Edward Snowden, the agency bugs electronic systems, protects the U.S. government communications and information systems, and collects and stores phone records of millions of American and international citizens. Snowden's data suggested that German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and her predecessor Gerhard Schröder, were targets of NSA surveillance. DW most recent content pertaining to the NSA and Edward Snowden appears below on this page.
Chancellor Angela Merkel told lawmakers she stands by her 2013 complaint that "spying among friends" is unacceptable - as well as questionable activities by German Intelligence. She also answered questions about the NSA allegedly spying on her phone.
The panel investigating possible NSA wrongdoing in connection with German authorities will not have access to the NSA's so-called "selectors" list. An appeal led by opposition politicians failed at Germany's top court.